MTA Releases App and Data Feed for NYC Subway Arrival Times

Posted December 29, 2012 at 4:10am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 9669 views

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced the release of an iPhone app and data feed that provides real-time arrival information for New York City subway trains.

The app, called MTA Subway Time, covers the 156 stations of the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 subway lines and the S 42nd Street Shuttle. At these stations, the MTA has installed countdown clocks that provide arrival estimates in minutes for upcoming trains. The app joins MTA Bus Time, Metro-North Train Time, LIRR Train Time, and MTA Bridges and Tunnels' Travel Time in the MTAs expanding list of real-time data tools for customers.

“Today is the day that generations of dreamers and futurists have waited for,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota. “The ability to get subway arrival time at street level is here. The days of rushing to a subway station only to find yourself waiting motionless in a state of uncertainty are coming to an end. Now, you can know from the comfort of your home or office whether to hasten to the station, or grab a cup of coffee as part of a leisurely walk.”

You can download MTA Subway Time from the App Store for free. A desktop version is available at A live stream of arrival time data is available to third party developers who want to build their own apps using the data.

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Kornmehl - January 1, 2013 at 3:48pm
Stupid Yanks
Lundegaard - December 29, 2012 at 10:28am
How should „real-time arrival” work in a subway system without reception?
Samuel - December 30, 2012 at 12:58am
Exactly!!! You'd think New York City would update their subway system to have 4g available or even wi-fi for a small fee. It's not really real time.
Pie - December 30, 2012 at 4:33am
Check before getting into the station.
Lundegaard - December 30, 2012 at 1:58pm
When I’m heading to work I’m going for the first train I can get and when I’m drunk in a late night I take what I can get as well. But when I have to switch trains for one station on the G I would like to check if I get one within a few minutes or if it’s smarter just to walk a few blocks. In Berlin there is reception even while one is riding the train;)
Copperhead - December 30, 2012 at 2:08pm
Actually they "are" working on it. The problem is it won't be ready for another 10 years. This is how the city secures its flowing income, by stretching work time to extremes. Why would it take 10 years to run cable and some equipment to a central hub. ?.. Everything in this world is done at a severe slow of time that by the time they get it done , our kids - kids will enjoy it. Our kids will only see the progress. - it's just like these car manufacturers , they show us the beautiful concept cars that will never see the light of day let alone one of us driving it... You know why?? Because they say "we" are not ready for the future... Who are they to decide what we are or are not ready for...!! Pisses me off how these governed agencies can think and decide for all of us on what we are or are not able to do or are and are not ready for.... -- sorry but I have things bottled up inside me....
Sabatoge - December 31, 2012 at 6:26am
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